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Key congressman slams FBI Director on FISA: 'Scare tactics don’t work'

"We have to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens in any legislation that we pursue," Cline said.

Published: December 5, 2023 6:21pm

Congressman Ben Cline, R-Va., slammed FBI Director Christopher Wray on FISA renewal, saying that scare tactics won't get the trust of the American people. 

"The scare tactics don't work," Cline said on the Tuesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "We have seen the abuse of this under Chris Wray's leadership. There are many who don't believe it should be renewed at all."

Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and argued that renewing Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is "key to our ability to detect a foreign terrorist organization overseas directing an operative here to carry out an attack in our own backyard," according to NBC News.

Many Republicans have opposed the renewal of the act, arguing that federal agencies have been weaponized against conservatives. 

"We have to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens in any legislation that we pursue," Cline said.

He suggested that possibly amending the act could start to build back a little bit of trust for the American people, but there would still be a long way to go.

"Adding a warrant requirement to Section 702 provides guardrails to a process that really has engendered very little trust on the part of American citizens of their intelligence agencies, if not to say distrust of our intelligence agencies" he said. "One way that they could begin to build back that trust with the American people is to embrace a warrant requirement for searching Americans' data online."

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